28 Feb 2006
Wozzeck, Royal Opera House, London
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
(Photo: Bill Cooper)
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 28 February 2006]
The moral comes across loud and clear: this Wozzeck is a living experiment in how low a human being can fall. He ends his days drowned in a tank of water like one of the specimens in the doctor’s laboratory – or is he pickled in his own juices like a Damien Hirst sculpture?